2017 Plein Air Painting Workshops:

“If you think painting is fun, you’re doing it wrong!”

Plein air landscape painting in Italy.

I’ll be teaching two short courses in Carmel Valley in July of 2017 with Carmel Visual Arts. Click here for information. The courses are currently full.

I will be teaching near Stony Brook on Long Island in August. The dates are the 12th, 13th, and 14th of August. There is more information on their website.

I will also be teaching a week-long course in Maine in early/mid July with Waltham Studios. You can contact them directly for information. The course is currently full.

For those who can’t make it, here is a short video of me discussing greens during a past course:

And here are a couple of past demonstrations from my plein air workshops in Les Plans, Switzerland:

I’ll add the materials list here, since people often ask for it:

Oil Colors:
Titanium white.
Cadmium yellow light (not Lemon)
Cadmium yellow medium
Cadmium orange
Yellow ochre (Golden ocher by Old Holland, Zecchi’s Roman ocher, or Michael Harding’s French ocher).
A light cadmium red or vermilion
Cadmium red medium
Cerulean blue
Ultramarine blue (Old Holland ultramarine deep ultramarine is essential).
Cobalt blue (manganese blue if it’s a tropical location).

For the cadmium colors, I like Williamsburg, for blues I prefer Old Holland. Most titanium whites are fine.
The only important ones are the ocher and Old Holland’s ultramarine deep.

I use a balsam/sun-thickened oil medium, Zecchi sells it in Europe, Blue Ridge was selling it in the US. Bring anything you’re comfortable with.
Turpentine, Gamsol, or mineral spirits.

Other stuff:
Portable easel.
Support: 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 in.) or larger prepared wood panels or primed linen canvas.
A palette, preferably folding for keeping paint off your transportation.
Palette cups for turpentine and medium.
Palette knives.
A selection of brushes. I use Cornelissen series 44 bristle brushes (sizes 3 to 8) and small Zecchi sables (sizes 0 to 5). Hat, sunscreen, waterproof clothes, a clip-on umbrella, and bug spray.